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Open discussion / Re: no water
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:01:18 AM »
Using PVC is not the problem. If you use metal you still have the same problem with the pipes rusting through until the burst. In Australia they have been using PVC pipe for years. What the problem is, is the quality of the PVC pipe here in Thailand. Compared to the pipe used in Australia the pipe here is much thinner which means that it is only suitable for low pressure, it needs to be much thicker to take the higher pressure. In Australia most piping is done with PVC pipes now including electricity, sewerage, low pressure water, high pressure water, recycled water and even gas. Each different use has a different grading of pipe and a different colour of pipe so they are easy to recognize and so that they don't get mixed up, plus there is 2 different joints, rubber ring joint and a welded joint. In Australian for high pressure water they use the rubber ring joint whereas here in Thailand they use the welded joint which is done by chemical softening the PVC so that it will weld together.

Open discussion / Re: Songkeaw
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:23:34 AM »
I have always called them a baht bus but my wife who is Thai told me that the small ones are songteaw and the big ones are songkeaw and that is the way that my Thai wife wrote them down. But irrespective of whether I wrote them properly it is easy to see what I was talking about, but it appears that if a person does not spell everything in accordance with what you perfect people want you just cannot understand without your political perfect nit picking. So good bye to khon kaen forum and its perfect people

Open discussion / Re: Songkeaw
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:08:18 AM »
The songteaw is normally a converted pick up but a songkeaw is converted from about a 4-5 tonne truck. It is a bigger version of the songteaw. I saw the yellow one that operates along Mittraphap Rd several times stopping at Big C and at the markets

Open discussion / Re: Songkeaw
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:20:23 PM »
I have seen sonkeaws on the western ring road and at the new bus station but I do not know if they are running a service or not.
Even when the light rail is complete we must still go into Khon Kaen to catch it the same as catching a songteaw service. There appears that there is no direct service operating through the Ban Pet area to the bus station

Open discussion / Re: Songkeaw
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:32:13 PM »
Lungbing, I do know the difference between a songteaw and a songkeaw and because of the service I was looking for I have not seen any songteaw service along the western ring road but I have seen songkeaws on the road in the area but did not know if any of them were a regular service to the bus station 3. I know that songteaws 3, 9, 8 and 10 operate from the old bus station to the new bus station but they operate past the markets opposite the post office, but I live in Uea Athon which adjoins the western ring road I was asking about a service that way that could possibly be operated by a songkeaw.
Thank you for your correction and your knowledge on what I was looking for.

Open discussion / Re: Songkeaw
« on: May 02, 2018, 06:56:02 AM »
I live near the western ring road between Milawan and La Nadi rds and it only takes me about 5 minutes to drive from home to the bus station but there are times that I need to get there without the car and I can walk from home to the ring road but otherwise I must catch the songkeaw into the city then another one to the bus station and it is not that easy to get a taxi out here. thanks mate

Open discussion / Songkeaw
« on: May 01, 2018, 08:47:35 AM »
Now that the bus station 3 is in full operation does anyone know if there is a songkeaw service from Milawan Road area along the western side ring road to the bus station. I can catch a number 9 from Uea Athon into the post office then get another one from there to the bus station but I would be looking at around 1 hour travel that way when I live close to the western ring road between Milawan Road and the bus station
There are no new maps of the songkeaw services yet.
Thanks for the help

Where to find . . . / Re: Yamaha
« on: April 21, 2018, 02:42:07 PM »
Thanks Windy, I have been past them that many times and it is not until now that I needed them that I just could not remember where there were. Got the parts I needed. Thanks again mate

Where to find . . . / Yamaha
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:27:40 PM »
I need some parts for a Yamaha BD-115C Mio scooter, I have been to Yamaha Square between Ban Kok Road and Big C but they do not have what I need. I have seen other Yamaha bike shops around Khon Kaen but I cannot remember where I saw them. Could someone please give me the locations of any Yamaha bike shops that they know of. All help much appreciated.

Holidays & Festivals / Re: SONGKRAN
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:59:27 PM »
This is a graph of the accidents, injuries and deaths since 2012

Holidays & Festivals / Re: SONGKRAN
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:57:08 PM »
This is the chart for day 7, there is no updates from this point to the total figures for the 7 dangerous days even if someone dies from injuries from day 1

Holidays & Festivals / Re: SONGKRAN
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:51:12 PM »
This is the chart for day 3, compare the figures for these 3 charts. The difference is those that died in hospital

Holidays & Festivals / Re: SONGKRAN
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:43:36 PM »
This is the chart for day 2

Holidays & Festivals / Re: SONGKRAN
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:36:35 PM »
This is a chart for day 4

Holidays & Festivals / Re: SONGKRAN
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:13:20 PM »
According to,  Thailand only includes victims who died at the scene, while WHO statistics include persons that died within 30 days of the accident.Read more at
The statement by is incorrect.
Read your news reports from Bangkok Post, The Nation and Pbs Thai and you will see that the reports on day 1 for day 1 lists 39 deaths and then on day 3 it updates the figures for day 1 and now the deaths are 41, that is 2 more deaths that did not occur at the scene of the accident but did occur in the hospital and then on day 7 it updates to the final figures as 48 deaths on day 1. So from day 1 to day 7 the deaths for day 1 has increased by 9, those 9 died in hospital not at the scene of the accident.

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